Opinion



Obama vs. Trump

posted Mar 6, 2017, 5:19 AM by Christopher Miller   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 5:35 AM ]


Illustration by Madison Reck


Obama vs. Trump

By Henry Smith


Introduction:

            It is well known that our country has, and still continues to undergo profound change; change due to a peaceful transition of power that is the essence of United States democracy itself. But besides the acclaimed memes of President Obama and Vice President Biden or the overused saying “thanks, Obama,” do we really know what differences a Trump presidency will usher into our country? While some may be able to ignorantly retort that Trump is a Republican and wants to “build the wall” or “make America great again,” a deeper understanding is necessary to fathom the enormity of the impact that President Trump and his administration will have on the United States for the upcoming four years of his term. Included below are a few major United States policies and brief descriptions of each indicating how policy will change under President Trump.


Protecting the Environment: Full Flip

            President Obama and President Trump are indisputably on opposite poles regarding the necessity for environmental regulations; while President Obama asserts that “climate change is a fact,” President Trump conversely contends that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese.” During his Presidency, Obama established innumerable policies regarding safeguarding the nation’s environment, whether it was providing upwards of $90 billion in subsidies for green energy, establishing a “Pollinator Health Task Force” to restore the health of endangered honeybees by 2025, or protecting thousands of miles of wilderness in nine states. Furthermore, perhaps President Obama’s effort that gained the most attention from the media was the Paris Agreement through which 195 different countries agreed to reduce carbon emissions. Will these policies regarding the continued preservation of the environment be maintained under President Trump? Highly unlikely. President Trump, rather than fostering the expansion of the renewable energy industry, has called himself the “last shot for the miners.” In addition, President Trump has nominated Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Pruitt, a skeptic of global warming, has called the debate regarding the legitimacy of climate change “far from settled.”


Gun rights: Not Even Close

            During the contentious general election campaign between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the National Rifle Association (NRA) backed Trump as its champion of the second amendment. However, the NRA had a different view of President Obama during his presidency, viciously maintaining that President Obama’s “contempt for the Second Amendment” had turned lawful gun-owning citizens into “scapegoats.” Under President Obama’s administration, virtually all efforts to expand background checks, place greater restrictions on online gun sales, and provide greater funding for mental health treatment were swiftly struck down by Congress; regardless, President Obama stood firm on his efforts to place tougher restrictions on obtaining guns, comparing his push for gun control to “keeping children from opening bottles of aspirin.” President Trump, on the other hand, doesn’t see these gun safety measures as common sense, noting that “gun and magazine bans... are a total failure.” Further, President Trump has been quick to call out President Obama’s “overreaching, executive actions” on guns, and made sure to assure Americans that “thankfully, we now have the opportunity to reverse course.”


Women’s Rights: Blatant Opposites

            “We are better off when women are treated fairly and equally,” President Obama maintained during his eight years in office, rivaling Trump’s notoriously vulgar comments regarding women. During his administration, President Obama allotted more than $500 million a year to Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides mammograms, birth control, STI testing, and numerous other services to Americans, especially women; President Obama also did not waver on the controversial Roe v. Wade case that guarantees women the right to an abortion despite disapproval from congressional Republicans. On the other hand, President Trump has had quite a record of bad relations with women, calling women “pigs,” “slobs,” and “disgusting animals,” in addition to being accused of rape on numerous occasions. Nonetheless, President Trump said during his campaign that the overturning of Roe v. Wade “will happen, automatically,” and seems poised to defund Planned Parenthood in coordination with congressional Republicans.


References:

1. Nelson, A. (2016, October 10). 15 things Obama has done for the environment. Retrieved January 22, 2017, from http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/things-obama-has-done-environment

2. Barack Obama on Gun Control. (n.d.). Retrieved January 22, 2017, from http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Barack_Obama_Gun_Control.htm

3. Obama Administration Moves To Protect Planned Parenthood's Federal Funding. (n.d.). Retrieved January 22, 2017, from http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/12/14/505595090/obama-administration-moves-to-protect-planned-parenthoods-federal-funding

4. (n.d.). Retrieved January 22, 2017, from http://presidential-candidates.insidegov.com/compare/1-70/Barack-Obama-vs-Donald-Trump


The Scary Trip to Adult Life

posted Apr 26, 2016, 5:45 AM by Jason Suter   [ updated Apr 28, 2016, 4:41 AM ]

by Carol Sargent

College. Work. Plans after high school. It’s all a scary thought. We came in as freshmen, not knowing what we wanted to do with our lives. We were all just excited to be in the high school, finally. What no one realizes is that high school flies by. Throughout high school, your parents will tell you that it will fly by, but you won’t believe them because it feels like it’s going slowly. However, they are right. You may be just finishing your freshmen year, but next thing you know, you’re a month away from graduating high school and having to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life. It’s terrifying.

All our lives, we depended on our parents to help us through everything and we knew we would never have to do anything on our own as long as they were there, but once you finish high school, you’re on your own. You’re in the real world. It all changes. You realize that life and the “outside” world is hard to handle on your own.

Now would be a good time to start thinking about your future plans. As soon as you’re in high school, you should start planning. It’s never too soon. As was said before, time flies. Whatever you choose to do with your life, don’t be scared. You’re never going to be completely alone. You’ll have family and friends there to support you, but some decisions will have to be made on your own.

To whoever is reading this article, I wish you luck. It’s not easy to grow up, but it will be well worth it. Just choose the right path and do what makes you happy. Live your life to the fullest and make the best choices you can. Good luck on your future endeavors.

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The Holidays

posted Dec 28, 2015, 11:06 AM by Jason Suter   [ updated Dec 28, 2015, 5:58 PM ]

By Carol Sargent 

The holidays are coming up! People are rushing around trying to get their turkeys for Thanksgiving and presents for Christmas. This is why we need to start being careful when we’re out on the streets! Walking, riding, or even driving is highly dangerous around this time of the year. With everyone thinking about their plans for the holidays, they are less likely to think of how they are driving. As teenagers, we have to think carefully and watch out. When you’re not at home, be sure to watch out for people being crazy. Make sure you look both ways on the street and make sure that you watch out for people being reckless. Be safe! 

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Paris

posted Dec 28, 2015, 10:57 AM by Jason Suter   [ updated Dec 28, 2015, 5:58 PM ]

By Carol Sargent

As we all know, Paris was attacked by terrorist. Our country has been on high alert for terrorism ever since the twin towers were bombed on 9/11. One hundred and twenty-nine people were killed and eighty people were injured during the multiple attacks. The people of Paris were very supportive for everyone who had lost someone during the attack. Several opened their doors to the people who were mourning on the streets. As an American citizen who could have been one of those who was killed, I ask that we all keep Paris in our thoughts as we did for those apart of 9/11. We should all be thankful that we are alive and well. Please always remember that even though not everyone may get along and we all may have problems, we are all very lucky to be where we are, alive and well. Take this time to appreciate those around us and the people we love.

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